Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration


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• Outdoor Recreation & Camp Administration • Event Planning & Management
• Leisure Services Management • Leisure/Recreation Program Delivery
• Natural Resources Recreation Management
• Therapeutic Recreation • Tourism Management • General


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Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration


In a world characterized by new technologies and rapidly changing human needs, the recreation and parks profession is being challenged to provide more opportunities for meaningful leisure experiences.

The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) meets this challenge through a multifaceted curriculum, innovative instructional techniques, and professional learning experiences designed to prepare students for leadership roles in a variety of professional settings.

Established in 1968 as the Department of Recreation and Park Administration and renamed the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration in 1989, the Department has been preparing students to enter the leisure services field for over 40 years. More than 3,000 students have graduated from the Department, which has been continuously accredited by the Joint Council on Accreditation of the National Recreation and Park Association and American Association for Leisure and Recreation; and the Council on Accreditation of Park, Recreation, and Tourism Related Professions since October 13, 1978.

It's go time!!! The Western Challenge has begun. Any donations RPTA receives today will be used to buy our "Growing Strong" Rocky Dog and to provide RPTA students with more scholarship monies.
Our current faculty has issued the following Western Challenge to our alumni and students…
If alumni raise $500 and the current students raise $500, the RPTA faculty will give $500. As one of the alumni said, “we’re all going to throw in some bones to get a dog”. This statue will be an enduring reminder of the importance of RPTA and Horn Field Campus to Western Illinois University. Our dog will appear in the coffee table book being made to commemorate the Rockys found throughout Macomb, and each year during the Rocky Quest activities, participants will visit the Horn Field Campus to see our dog.
If you’re willing to participate in the challenge, please donate at the Western Challenge website anytime before midnight tonight ! You’ll be able to watch real-time updates and celebrate with us as we reach our goal.